Our health and care needs are changing: Our lifestyles are increasing our risk of preventable disease and are affecting our wellbeing, we are living longer with more multiple long-term conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease and the health inequality gap is increasing.
Believe it or not only 20 per cent of a person’s health outcomes can be attributed to medical interventions. The rest is down to improving lifestyles and making use of the resources in the community.
Population Health is an approach that aims to improve physical and mental health outcomes, promote wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across an entire population.
Population Health Management is a term which describes how local health and care partnerships can use a range of data to design new models of proactive care and deliver improvements in health and wellbeing which make best use of the partnerships’ collective resources.
On the Fylde Coast a population health management workshop took place in November 2019. The purpose of the workshop was to develop a plan to implement a population health management approach on the Fylde Coast.
Partners from across the Fylde Coast, including the CCGs, Blackpool Council, Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, and local Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sector, developed the plan. The plan identifies actions that support implementation of population health management.
Key themes in the plan:
- developing a co-production approach with people who live on the Fylde Coast,
- stronger partnership working between organisations, both locally on the Fylde Coast and across Lancashire and South Cumbria,
- identification of local capacity, skills, and data availability,
- agreeing ways of working to support population health management,
- changing of contractual and monitoring approaches.
A Fylde Coast collaborative forum is being established to deliver the plan. They will be the forum for Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) developments in population health management to be discussed. They will also support shaping developments and the implementation of best practice to shape the Fylde Coast population health management approach.
For more information on population health management you can see the NHS England website.